Horse gram is a miracle super food and the food is widely consumed as a staple diet in the southern parts of India. Horse gram is rich in nutrients and have plenty of minerals too- phosphorus, calcium, protein and iron. Hence it is known to be very beneficial for human health, as much as it is useful for animal health too.
Glycemic friendly: Horse gram is a good source of soluble fiber. The legume helps bring glycemic control and prevents increase in blood glucose levels. It also minimizes carbohydrate absorption proving to be diabetes-friendly.
Anti-inflammatory property: Horse gram aids in reducing inflammation and its seeds are used in making anti-inflammatory drugs to counteract hemolytic activity.
Anti-microbial property: Seeds of horse gram has exhibited significant activities against disease-causing gram-positive bacteria like Bacillus subtilis, Staphylococcus aureus, and gram-negative bacteria like Escherichia coli and Pseudomonas aeruginosa.
Prevents and Treats kidney stones: The diuretic property of the legume is beneficial for kidney health. It dilutes the urine and augments the flow of urine. Drinking horse gram water and horse gram soup may benefit in preventing and treating kidney stones.
Antioxidant property: The presence of antioxidants like phenolic compounds, phytic acid, tannins, and dietary fiber helps in preventing coronary heart disease, constipation, gallstones, diabetes, and colon cancer. The isoflavonoids in horse gram also aid in preventing cardiac attack, breast cancer, and prostate cancer.
Hypocholesterolemic properties: The protein, fiber, flavonoids, and saponins present in horse gram helps in lowering cholesterol levels. Regular consumption of horse gram may reduce serum cholesterol and triglycerides levels.